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Torbay (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SX 92958 64064



SX9264SE WELLSWOOD PARK ROAD 885-1/21/308 (South side) 20/11/52 Nos.1-15 (Consecutive)


3 terraces of 5 houses each. 1853, to the designs of the Harvey brothers. Stuccoed with traces of blocking out; slate roofs; stacks with rendered shafts with deep projecting cornices. PLAN: 3 terraces arranged round a 3 acre private park, each house with a small garden facing onto the park. The houses have an interesting plan form. Each is 2 rooms wide but 4 rooms deep, the centre rooms lit by light wells provided by a double roof structure which is not visible externally. Each house has a principal and service entrance from the road; service quarters making up the rear (road) part of one side. Suite of rooms off half-landing of stair provides 4 rooms at this level with an additional 3 or 4 on the first floor. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Typical road elevation is 3 bays, broken forward and gabled to the front in the centre. Left and right pilasters; moulded cornice below parapet; platband below cornice. Segmental-headed central doorway with moulded architrave and recessed front door (with fanlight) mostly panelled (some half-glazed). Floating cornice on consoles over front door. First-floor centre window round-headed with a moulded architrave and double-hung sash with radial glazing bars. Recessed 12-pane sashes to first-floor left and right. 12-pane sash window to right of front door with sunk apron and floating cornice on moulded brackets. The service door, left of the front door, is also recessed with a plain overlight and flanked by fixed 8-pane windows with sunk aprons. Floating cornice on moulded brackets extends across door and windows. Front (garden) elevations have an eaves band and moulded eaves brackets, paired at the dividing pilasters which have pedimented gables; first-floor sill band; 4 first-floor 12-pane sashes with Venetian shutters. 3 ground-floor 4 over 6-pane sashes with proud architraves with floating cornices on consoles, one ground floor high-transomed French window. Most houses have 4-bay tent roof trellis verandahs. Most of the houses are very intact with regard to external detail, including old glass, bootscrapers etc, although some have minor alterations. No.7 is missing its roadside block. INTERIOR: One house only inspected (No.11). This retains good original joinery; doors and doorcases with masons' mitres; skirting boards; stair with turned balusters and mahogany ramped wreathed handrail and good plaster cornices in the principal rooms. Wellswood Park is a fine example of ingenious internal planning in a superior terrace. The relationship between the houses and park is an exceptionally attractive example of suburban design. (Buildings of England: Cherry B: Devon: London: 1952-1989: P.861).

Listing NGR: SX9295864064


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South Devon, (1952), 861
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Devon, (1989), 861


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 20 Aug 2005
Reference: IOE01/14721/31
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Robert W Keniston. Source Historic England Archive
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